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Installing a Fence in Winter: The Do’s and Don’ts

January 23, 2019

It’s no surprise that during the winter, one of the most significant changes you can expect is a change in temperature. Cold weather can change many things at home. From the interior to the exterior of your home, maintenance is a priority.

Many homeowners who own or will own a fence around their property, may not know of the care that goes into maintaining a winter fence. To debunk some of the common winter fence myths here’s some useful information about installing a winter fence.

How the Cold Affects Fences

For a homeowner who is thinking about installing a fence, there’s the question of material. Fences today come in an array of materials:

  • Vinyl
  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Bamboo
  • Chain link

With a winter fence, there’s the question of which material will hold the best year after year. For wood fences, maintenance is required before the winter season to make them last. With vinyl, one of the top benefits is that you don’t have to do any preparation before the winter season.

Buyer’s notice: Despite the longevity of a vinyl fence, drastic and sudden temperature changes can make your winter fence brittle, making it prone to crack or shatter upon impact. Avoid hitting your fence with snow shovels, or blowing, throwing, or piling snow against it.

Installing a Fence in Winter

Generally, it’s recommended that owners who purchase a vinyl fencing system install during the fall or spring. This time of year has less impactful weather changes, making it easier to install than a winter fence.

However, if you are installing a fence this winter, keep in mind that vinyl will contract and change slightly from the cold temperatures, causing instability.

Vinyl Fencing Maintenance

During the winter, vinyl fencing is relatively simple to keep in good condition. If you are in an area that experiences snow, here are a few useful tips:

  1. Brush snow off the top, preferably with a broom.
  2. Shovel snow away from the vinyl panels.
  3. Direct your snowblower to blow away from the fence.
  4. Install plow markers to prevent damage.

No matter what fencing you choose, a winter fence can add great appeal and value to a home. Vinyl is a great way to save money and add value to your home. If you are planning to install a winter fence, get the best out of the experience with a professional.

Contact our office today to know more about our vinyl fencing options, to request an estimate, or have your questions answered by our team at Best Vinyl.

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